Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




DOJ Doesn't See Any Antitrust Violations In Failed Online Music Stores

from the plenty-of-competition dept

The Justice Department has ended antitrust investigations into the music industry's early attempts at online music stores, MusicNet and Pressplay - both of which were seen as pretty disastrous failures. The original complaint was that the music industry was making it hard for others to offer music online in order to help boost sales of their own efforts. What happened was the industry's own efforts didn't go very far, and now just about everyone seems to be doing deals with the industry to set up download stores, so it's not too hard to see why the DOJ is shutting down the investigation. Of course, another investigation could be made if anyone decides to look into the question of why the industry is holding a universal line on the price per song download.

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